"Sometimes, I look at myself in the mirror and wonder, 'How am I still alive?'"
Yazidi mother opens up about escape from Islamic State, building a life in Canada
(1/ ) #YazidiPlight #Iraq #Canada
At 18, when she was eight months pregnant, Faeza Mejo was captured in August 2014 by members of the Islamic State terror group when she, her husband and his family tried to flee from the invaders in northern Iraq.
(2/ )#YazidiGenocide #Sinjar #Iraq
Faeza was separated from her husband and taken to a place where about 50 other young #Yazidi women and girls were held. She soon learned they were in a warehouse and they were the goods to be sold, and she would literally be marked for life.
(3/ ) #YazidiPlight #Sinjar
In a three-year span, Faeza was bought and sold 10 times by members of the genocidal Islamic State in the region.
She arrived in #Winnipeg six months ago with her son, who was born in captivity.
(4/ )#YazidiPlight #Iraq #Canada
After being terrorized and torn from her husband, who was taken away to fight, she gave birth to their son, whom she named Harman. He was delivered with the help of other imprisoned women.
Faeza captors changed his #Yazidi name to Abdulrahman (#Arabic)
(5/ ) #YazidiGenocide #Iraq
At first, Faeza was defiant and tried to escape, but was beaten for her efforts. She recalled being drugged. When she'd come to, she'd have no clothes on and be so sore she couldn't walk.
(6/ )#YazidiPlight
Mejo said they barely had enough to eat and Harman was so malnourished he once went into cardiac arrest. At the time, they were at a place where the Islamic State had access to medical facilities, and her baby was revived.
(7/ )#YazidiGenocide #YazidiWomen
"If you ever make it to safety, your family will either kill you or not accept you," ISIS members said to Faeza
But Yazidi community welcome to all Yazidis kidnapped
(8/ )#YazidiPlight #Lalish #Iraq
Mejo's father, who had early escaped to #Kurdistan, had to borrow US$12,000 to buy his daughter back.
(9/ )#YazidiGenocide #Iraq
“I need people to know my story and the struggle the #Yazidis went through." Faeza a #Yazidi survivor of genocide
(10/10) #YazidiPlight #Iraq @WFPCarolSanders winnipegfreepress.com/local/how-am-i…

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Aug 28, 2018
The face of raw courage: Brave Yazidi teenager was kidnapped by jihadis and sold into sexual slavery before being injured in an explosion as she made a daring dash for freedom
(1/ )
Lamiya Haji Bashar stood defiant in the dock. Blood poured from her mouth and nose, while her body was covered with bruises – the result of another savage beating by her Islamic State captors, who used cables and weapons in addition to their fists and feet.
(2/ )
Once again Lamiya had tried to escape her tormentors & once again, she hd bn caught
A judge in Mosul’s sharia court stared at her.After being told Lamiya kept trying to escape,he made his ruling
"He said that either they must kill me or cut off my foot to stop me escaping"
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Apr 29, 2018
[1] I am a #Yazidi and not yet 17, but I have a story to tell the world. My people have always been peaceful and non-aggressive. We believe in God and humanity and respect other religions. I grew up in a village called Wardia, near #Sinjar, #Iraq. We lived with honor and dignity.
[2] We were a very close community and pretty much kept to ourselves. When I was only 13, we heard that ISIS was headed toward us and also that they were doing very bad things. #YazidiPlight
[3] We fled to the mountain, but ISIS intercepted all of us and forced us back to our village. By that time many of our very own #Muslim neighbors had joined in with ISIS and were also killing many #Yazidis.
Read 17 tweets
Nov 3, 2017
ISIS terrorists are committing ongoing genocide against the #Yazidis in #Iraq & #Syria
According to the #UN, women&girls as young as nine are being sold as slaves 2 ISIS soldiers who regularly beat them & rape them, re-sell them&if they try 2 escape, kill them #YazidiPlight
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The @UN report focuses on the Islamic State’s attack on #Yazidis in #Sinjar-#Iraq in Aug.2014
The subsequent genocide of the #Yazidi pple, which has included mass murder,beheadings,the rape of women&children&the buying&selling of women&girls as sex slaves at marketplaces&online
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“over 3,200 Yazidi women & children r still held by ISIS. Most are in #Syria where Yazidi females continue 2 be sexually enslaved & #Yazidi boys, indoctrinated, trained & used in hostilities. 1000s of Yazidi men & boys are missing. The genocide of the #Yazidis is on-going.” @UN
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